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A military convoy drives towards Anbar, to reinforce Iraqi troops in the province, west of Baghdad, Jan. 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad) A military convoy drives towards Anbar, to reinforce Iraqi troops in the province, west of Baghdad, Jan. 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)  

So Now There Are 750 American Troops In Iraq?

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      Matt K. Lewis

      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

Remember how we were going to send up to 300 “advisers” to Iraq? That was sooo eleven days ago.

Now, the New York Times is reporting that

[O]n Monday, Obama administration officials said that about 200 more troops had been sent to protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and the Baghdad airport. The additional troops, who arrived on Sunday, will operate helicopters and drones to “bolster airfield and route security,” Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

 

In addition to those forces, another 100 troops who the Pentagon had previously said would be sent to Iraq are headed to Baghdad to help with security and logistics. The moves will raise the total number of American troops deployed to Iraq for security and advisory missions to about 750. [Bold mine}

This seems like an interesting development.